Multisensor surveillance for improved aircraft tracking
January 1, 1989
Cross-range measurements of aircraft travelling at distances of 50 to 200 miles include significant errors. Therefore, heading estimates for medium-to-long-range aircraft are not sufficiently accurate to be useful in conflict-detection predictions. Accurate crossrange measurements can be made-by using two or more sensors to measure aircraft position-but such measurements must compensate for the effects of system biases and aircraft turns. A set of algorithms has been developed that are resistant to system biases, that detect turns, and that track successfully through both biases and turns. These algorithms can be incorporated into a complete multisensor system, with good intersensor correlation of aircraft tracks and no added delays to the air traffic control processing chain.